2012 Audi A8 Long Term Road Test

2012 Audi A8L: Too Much Oil

January 19, 2012

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Yesterday we had our 2012 Audi A8L serviced at Audi of Santa Monica. Perhaps they should spend more time monitoring the amount of oil they put in customer cars and less time dressing the valets.

The A8 with the 372 horsepower V8 calls for 8.14 quarts of oil (the 12-cylinder calls for 12.16) and, as far as we can tell, they charged us for only 8 quarts. So either they didn't drain it enough or their oil distribution device is miscalibrated. Or that they didn't change the filter out, but that seems unlikely since they charged us for a new filter. (Note: Charged here means noted on the work order, the service was free.)

Eagle-eyed readers will remember that this is not the first time we've had issues with VW over-oiling. Back in '09 VW of Santa Monica overfilled our Jetta.

It's back at the dealer now.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Inside Line @ 8,617 miles

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